In light of the many nuances that characterize individual church bodies (regarding their approach to faith through the lens of doctrine/dogma), we can fundamentally say this: our collective faith BEGINS with an experience of God as our source of life, who was profoundly manifest in this world through the “life—into death—into new life for all” journey of a man named Jesus of Nazareth. That same extraordinary living presence persists today through the transforming activity of God’s Spirit dwelling both within us and among us.
“We can fundamentally say this: our collective faith BEGINS with an experience of God as our source of life.”
The ways in which we otherwise individually approach this infinite God (bound and limited by our human constructs of words & concepts) is part of our ongoing journey of faith. While we believe that various doctrinal belief systems (rivaling and sometimes contradicting one another) have value, our focus is on asking better life and faith questions as we attempt to make sense of it all, rather than insisting on a one-size-fits-all dogma. Still, we utilize sound doctrine to help illuminate our path. We also rely on Baptism, sharing the Lord’s Supper, the Bible and other wisdom to help form/deepen our faith identity. As mutual understandings, passions, and convictions emerge, we put faith into action to meet the needs of the world around us.